By Daniel Moss

Managing Mexico’s Water

Published Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 2:08 am | Permalink

What to do when Mexico City, the eighth-largest city in the world, swallows up watersheds, diverts water from neighboring towns and villages and sinks a bit deeper each year due to over-extraction of water?

You take citizen action. Mexico’s new Water Parliament is looking for something more than just being enlisted in water conservation efforts. If Mexico is to get out of its water crisis, a more meaningful citizen role is critical.

The Parliament (in Spanish), organized by the Coalition of Mexican Organizations for the Right to Water (COMDA), is gearing up to work on:

  • Urban development and its impact on the availability of water
  • Sustainable extraction of groundwater
  • Gathering and storage of rain water, restoration of rivers and springs
  • Inequities in the distribution of and access to water

We wish them luck in their important work!